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Pompidieu Center/Beauborg - Safe at Night?

Pompidieu Center/Beauborg - Safe at Night?

Feb 22nd, 2009, 08:43 AM
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Pompidieu Center/Beauborg - Safe at Night?


We're considering renting an apartment near the Pompidieu Center for a week in August. Is this area safe to walk around at night? We'll have our daughter with us and I don't want to worry about walking back from the subway from a late dinner. Also, is $800 a normal amount for a security deposit (seems kind of steep).?
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Feb 22nd, 2009, 08:45 AM
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$800 is definitely steep.

Never stayed in that area but more than the safety issue, it might be noisy.

It's suppose to be near a lot of clubs so maybe more likely to be accosted by some drunks.

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Feb 22nd, 2009, 09:08 AM
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$800 is a meaningless figure without information about the apartment itself and the cost for the rental. It might be cheap, it might be expensive. When I rent my house in France I ask for an amount that equals a third the cost of the rental up front. So it's a relative cost.

I would not rent a place near the Pompidou (note correct spelling) if it were close to the Chatelet métro stop, which is bad news late at night. If that's the subway stop you're referring to, no, I wouldn't choose that area. It's one of VERY few places in Paris I don't like to be late at night.
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Feb 22nd, 2009, 09:12 AM
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Thanks so much for the input - the apartment is on Rue Rambeteau - right next to the museum and overlooking the square - sound like we'd be better off on the left bank!

I appreciate the responses - always better to hear from people that actually know the city!
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Feb 22nd, 2009, 11:11 AM
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It is all relative; central Paris is much safer than most American cities. Having said that, the Chatelet/Les Halles area tends to attract the unemployed youth who are on the "make". They won't be armed, but if you are on vacation, why risk it? Try the 7th or 6th.
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Feb 22nd, 2009, 11:30 AM
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Not an area that I would want to be in. You can do better.

As for deposits, I paid $300. on about a $1500. a week rental through vacationinparis.com last spring. It was deducted from the total amount of the rental and then 2 months prior to the start date of the rental, the balance of the apartment was due. All was paid in U.S. dollars and I just sent them a personal check. Happy Travels!
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